- 1 [transitive] to clean, polish, or make smooth with a brush brush something to brush your hair/teeth/shoes brush something + adj. A tiled floor is easy to brush clean. See related entries: Styling hair
- 2[transitive] to put something, for example oil, milk or egg, on something using a brush brush A with B Brush the pastry with beaten egg. brush B over, on, etc. A Brush beaten egg over the pastry.
- 3 [transitive] brush something + adv./prep. to remove something from a surface with a brush or with your hand He brushed the dirt off his jacket. She brushed the fly away.
- 4[intransitive, transitive] to touch somebody/something lightly while moving close to them/it brush against/by/past somebody/something She brushed past him. His hand accidentally brushed against hers. brush something The leaves brushed her cheek. brush something with something He brushed her lips with his. Word Originverb Middle English: noun from Old French broisse; verb partly from Old French brosser
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BrE BrE//brʌʃ//; NAmE NAmE//brʌʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they brush
BrE BrE//brʌʃ//; NAmE NAmE//brʌʃ//he / she / it brushes
BrE BrE//ˈbrʌʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrʌʃɪz//past simple brushed
BrE BrE//brʌʃt//; NAmE NAmE//brʌʃt//past participle brushed
BrE BrE//brʌʃt//; NAmE NAmE//brʌʃt//-ing form brushing
BrE BrE//ˈbrʌʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbrʌʃɪŋ//Styling hair